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Today's Opinions

  • Let post office adapt to survive

    The United States Postal Service is careening toward insolvency, with projections showing it finishing another year spending far more than it earns.
    A report issued this month by the Government Accountability Office revealed the postal service posted a net loss of $329 million in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
    It's on pace to lose $6.4 billion through September, barely has $1 billion in cash reserves and plans to borrow billions more this year from the U.S. Treasury, pushing its debt level to the maximum allowed by law — $15 billion.

  • Celebrate music in schools

    March is designated as “Music in Our Schools Month” by The National Association for Music Education.
    The purpose is to acknowledge the role music plays in the lives of children as they progress through the public school experience, and how music education has a life-changing impact.
    This year’s theme is “Music Lasts a Lifetime.”

  • Sheriff gives victim's family hope

    I'd like to share a little about our son, Brandon Billings who was murdered in 2002, which was the most devastating thing a parent could go through.
    Brandon has been dead for eight years. The first five years, nothing was done. When Sheriff Vaughan went into office, he found Brandon's case files packed away in a closet like it was nothing.

  • Keep government open, accessible

    This is Sunshine Week. No, that doesn’t mean we’ll have temperatures above 60 and be able to soak up rays for seven days, though that would be nice.
    Sunshine Week is when citizens of this great democratic nation and we as journalists highlight, illuminate and enlighten the necessity for a transparent government.

  • Congressional inaction could cost local jobs

    Daniel E. Nation is president of Parkdale International, with headquarters in Gastonia, N.C.  The company operates plants in Galax and Hillsville and also has facilities in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

    Everyone knows that the number of textile jobs in the United States has been in sharp decline for years.

  • Fifth grader needs help researching Virginia

    I am a fifth grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.
    My class is studying the geography and history of the United States. I think that I am the luckiest person in my class to have gotten Virginia.
    My favorite part about Virginia is that it was one of the first 13 colonies.
    I would really appreciate it if you could send me some souvenirs, books or any more information about your state Virginia.
    My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would like a car license plate for a school project if possible.
    I appreciate your time. Thank you.

  • Program brings kids closer to God

    My name is Matthew and I am 12 years old. I want to tell you about Snow Hill Baptist Church AWANA program.
    At Snow Hill we have the AWANA program for children ages 2-18. Before we start, we eat for 10 minutes. After that we have game time for 30 minutes. Then we study and learn God's word.
    We earn AWANA dollars for Bible verses that we memorize and say. We can spend these AWANA dollars for things in the AWANA store.

  • March is Red Cross Month

    When neighbors help neighbors in emergencies, it's something to celebrate. That is why every U.S. president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has declared March as Red Cross Month.
    The Wood's River Chapter of Red Cross has served this community so long and so well that it is easy to overlook the fact that its services are performed largely by volunteers and are supported through the generosity of people right here in Galax, Grayson, Carroll and Wythe.